Now 1Jacobsaw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacobsaid to his sons, "Why are you staring at one another?"
He said, "Behold, 2I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; godownthere and buy some for us afrom that place, 3so that we may live and not die."
Then tenbrothers of Josephwentdown to buygrain from Egypt.
But Jacob did not sendJoseph'sbrother4Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "5I am afraid that harm may befall him."
So the sons of Israelcame to buygrainamong those who were coming, 6for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.
Now 7Joseph was the rulerover the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph'sbrotherscame and 8boweddown to him with their faces to the ground.
When Josephsaw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and 9spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, "Where have you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buyfood."
But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although 10they did not recognize him.
9Joseph11remembered the dreamswhich he bhad about them, and said to them, "You are spies; you have come to look at the cundefendedparts of our land."
Then they said to him, "No, 12my lord, but your servants have come to buyfood.
"We are allsons of oneman; we are 13honestmen, your servants are not spies."
Yet he said to them, "No, but you have come to look at the dundefendedparts of our land!"
But they said, "Your servants are twelvebrothers in all, the sons of oneman in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with 14our fathertoday, and 15one is nolonger alive."
14Josephsaid to them, "It is as I saideto you, you are spies;
by this you will be tested: 16by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngestbrothercomeshere!
16"Sendone of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is 17truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies."
So he put them alltogether in 18prison for threedays.
Now Josephsaid to them on the thirdday, "Dothis and live, for 19I fearGod:
19if you are honestmen, let one of your brothers be confined in fyour prison ; but as for the rest of you, go, carrygrain for the famine of your households,
and 20bring your youngestbrother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die." And they didso.
Then they said to oneanother, "21Truly we are guiltyconcerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; thereforethisdistress has come upon us."
22Reubenanswered them, saying, "22Did I not tellgyou, 'Do not sin against the boy '; and you would not listen? h23Nowcomes the reckoning for his blood."
They did not know, however, that Josephunderstood, for there was an interpreterbetween them.
He turnedaway from them and 24wept. But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he 25tookSimeon from them and bound him before their eyes.
2526Then Josephgaveorders to fill their bags with grain and to restoreeveryman'smoney in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.
So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.
As one of them opened his sack to give his donkeyfodder at the lodgingplace, he saw his 27money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.
Then he said to his brothers, "My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack." And their heartsisank, and they turned jtrembling to oneanother, saying, "28What is this that God has done to us?"
When they came to their fatherJacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,
"The man, the lord of the land, 29spokeharshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.
"But we said to him, 'We are 30honestmen; we are not spies.
'We are twelvebrothers, sons of our father; one is nolonger alive, and the youngest is with our fathertoday in the land of Canaan.'
"The man, the lord of the land, said to us, '31By this I will know that you are honestmen: leaveone of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go.
'But bring your youngestbrother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but khonestmen. I will give your brother to you, and you may 32trade in the land.' "
Now it came about as they were emptying their sacks, that behold, 33everyman'sbundle of money was in his sack; and when they and their fathersaw their bundles of money, they were dismayed.
Their fatherJacobsaid to them, "You have 34bereaved me of my children: Joseph is nomore, and Simeon is nomore, and you would takeBenjamin; all these things are against me."
Then Reubenspoke to his father, saying, "You may put my twosons to deathif I do not bring him back to you; put him in my lcare, and I will return him to you."
But mJacob said, "My son shall not godown with you; for his 35brother is dead, and he alone is left. 36If harm should befall him on the journeynyou are taking, then you will 37bring my grayhairdown to Sheol in sorrow."